The Lagos State Government has arraigned 34 residents arrested for gathering to work out or exercise on the Gbagada-Oworonshoki Expressway amid the Federal Government’s 14-day lockdown of the state to check the spread of coronavirus.
According to Punch the 34 residents were dragged before the Lagos State Magistrate’s Court in Yaba, where they were arraigned on one count of violating government’s social distancing directive.
Pictures of the joggers, who gathered in large numbers on the highway to work out, had surfaced on the social media on Tuesday.
The gym moved to Ikorodu this morning, from Haruna down to Agric busstop… Is this really a lockdown? pic.twitter.com/UMBG2hGBrf— Series Abíọ́dún ♠ (@Engr_Series) April 7, 2020
They pleaded guilty to the one count against them and were sentenced to one month of community service.
In addition, the court ordered that they should be quarantined for 14 days at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Yaba, or any other place designated by the government.
Nigeria has a total of 254 coronavirus cases recorded in 16 states with Lagos being the epicenter recording the highest with 130 cases at the time of reporting this story.